Thursday, April 23, 2015

Grand Cayman (Spring Break)

We are very fortunate to have my in-laws living in the Cayman Islands.  They have lived there for about 18 years, but will soon move back to the States.  They live in West Bay at a great condo right on the water.  It's not on the beach, but you can walk down to the water and the view is spectacular.


If you ever go to Grand Cayman, you have to take a day and drive the scenic route to Rum Point, which is about a 2 hour drive on the other side of the island.  The drive itself is just amazing.  The shore line is beautiful and you drive through several little towns are just picture perfect.  We stopped and got out of the car at my favorite spot, the blow hole.



The beaches are amazing too.  I live in Alabama, our beaches are pretty with the "sugary white sand" but honestly, I hate it.  The sand is so fine, you can think about going to the beach for the day and you are covered in a thin layer of sticky sand. The sand on Cemetery Beach (you walk through a cemetery to get to this part of the beach) and most of the beach areas is a not as fine and "sugary".  It's like millions of tiny shells and you can actually get in your car after a day at the beach and not bring the beach with you, if you know what I mean.  The water is crystal clear and cool.  


Of course, you can't visit Grand Cayman without going to Margaritaville!  The restaurant, pool and slide are on the 2nd floor of a strip mall and it's so much fun.  They have 3 cabanas by the pool you can lounge in while having a Cheeseburger in Paradise and a loaded Landshark.  It also has a swim up bar, but they only use it when the cruise ships are in. We have always chosen a day with no ships to visit Margaritaville.


Now to Rum Point.  It's the most tranquil beach I've ever been too.  You have a little bit of everything there.  Sun, shade, beach volleyball, bar area, restaurant area, bath house (which is actually clean), hammocks, jet skis, and kayaks.  You can walk out in the water about 300 yards and it never gets more than waist deep.   It's my most favorite place ever. I could stay there always.  



And let's not forget the GORGEOUS sunsets.  It's different every night and equally as beautiful as the one before.  There's just something about the peacefulness of the ocean after all the boats and ships have moved on and the beauty of this Earth that God gave us.  



Although Grand Cayman is one of my favorite places I've been to so far, I don't think I could live there.  It's really expensive and they don't have a Target!  



Sunday, April 19, 2015

The Best Lemonade


My little Sarah LOVES to make things in the kitchen and I love that she loves it!  She's been wanting some "real" lemonade so I finally decided to give it a try.  I've never done it before.  I'm not a huge fan of all things lemon, so it's never on the top of my list to try.  


I bought a bag of lemons and we squished them and rolled them around to loosen the juice.  
We had recently bought a juicer from Ikea and this is the first chance I've gotten to use it and I loved it!  Sarah loved helping me.


Ingredients:

1-1 1/4 cups of fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 cups of sugar
1 cup of hot water
4 cups of cold water

Directions:

1.  Roll and squeeze the lemons to loosen up the juice.
2.  Dissolve the sugar in the hot water.
3.  Depending on if you want pulp or not, strain the lemon juice into the sugar water.
4.  Add 4 cups of cold water.
5.  Pour into a pitcher and garnish with sliced lemons.
6.  Sit back and enjoy!  



Saturday, April 18, 2015

Homemade Granola


Let me just start off by saying that I love granola!  It's a great snack and I love it in yogurt too.  I've been wanting to make my own for awhile and just never did.  My kitchen isn't the best place for baking and such.  I just have no counter space and it gets me frustrated. 



The granola turned out wonderful and I will just make my own from now on since it's so easy!

Ingredients:

1 cup chopped walnuts
3 cups of old fashioned oats
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1/3 cup of brown sugar
1/3 cup of honey
3 tablespoons of coconut oil
1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon of almond extract

Directions:

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2.  Pour the oats, salt, brown sugar and walnuts into a bowl and mix it up.
3.  In a small microwave bowl combine the honey and coconut oil.  Heat for 45 seconds and stir to          dissolve the coconut oil.  Add the almond and vanilla extract.
4.  Pour the honey mixture over the oat mixture until everything is coated.
5.  Put the oat mixture on a parchment lined cookie sheet
6.  Baked for 5 minutes, remove and stir.  Baked for another 5 minutes and remove from oven.
7.  Pour the granola onto a sheet of wax paper to cool.  After it cools completely, break it up and store      it in an air tight container. 

Enjoy!




Friday, March 20, 2015

Organizing My Kitchen

I love to organize.  I really don't have time to organize the way I want, but I should get an A for effort!

I took the day off in November 2013 to completely reorganize my kitchen.  I moved everything around to make the most of the little bit of storage space I have.  It turned out really good and I've happy with the change over the last year.  This time around I really just needed to do a little "housekeeping".  Lids to Disney cups need a home and pantry and food cabinet needed to be straightened up.





I've done a few more changes that I will post over the weekend.  




Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Chicken Pot Pie




I love chicken pot pie.  There is nothing better than some good ole southern comfort food.  I’ve made this before with a pie crust, but it gets too soggy when I have leftovers.   YUCK.  I’ve gotten to where I love boneless skinless chicken thighs.  I just think they are easier to cook and a lot juicier and tender.  I’m sure Mike will love this when he gets home from work in a bit.  


Ingredients:


3-4 boneless skinless chicken thighs
2 cans of mixed veggies, drained
1 can of cream of mushroom soup
1 cup of milk


Topping:


2 cups of Bisquick
1 tablespoon of mayo (I used Duke’s)
1 beaten egg


Instructions:


Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  In a big bowl, mix the veggies, soup and milk and set aside.  Brown the chicken and shred, then add to the veggie mixture.  Pour the mixture into an 11x7 baking dish.  Mix the Bisquick, mayo and beaten egg until it’s crumbly then sprinkle over the chicken mixture.  Bake for 30 minutes or until the top has browned and sauce is bubbly.


Enjoy!



Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Morning Routine {Printable}

I hate mornings at my house.  It's very very stressful.  Maggie won't get out of bed, I have to tell her 5 or 6 times and Sarah....oh Sarah.......She does great until it's time to get dressed then it all goes south. She is very particular about her clothes, socks and shoes.  Everything has to feel just right or she's not wearing it.  It's a horrible battle every morning and one or both of us end up crying.  It's really awful. This morning she missed the bus because she fiddle farts around and fusses and whatnot, so I told her from now on, she will be ready to leave at 6:30. Her bus comes between 6:40 and 6:45.  It's really exhausting.  SO, I have posted about this before, but I made us a new printable for our morning routine.  I shouldn't have to pay my child to do what she is supposed to do, but sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do.  Judge me if you want, I don't care.  I need some sanity in my life.

Click HERE to download







Thursday, October 30, 2014

Head Over Teal

September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, in case you didn't know.  I know because my sweet mother has been fighting this nasty beast for the last three years.  Her story is here and I think you should read it.  It's the third one on the page.

I feel like ovarian cancer is looked over so much, but it really shouldn't be.  There are no monthly or yearly exams that detect ovarian cancer.  Please read through the Laura Crandall Brown website to see how you can help.

At the end of September every year, there is a Head Over Teal 5K Walk/Run and I was very honored to have been able to walk the 5K, my first one by the way, and I am lucky to have done it in HONOR of my mother.  My Dad, brother and future sister in law and her mom and a bunch of my Mom's co-workers were there also.  Now I'm not saying this just because she's my Mom, she let me tell you, she is one special lady.  

I really like this picture of me and Mom.


These are some pictures from the photobooth after the run.  The quality is horrible because I was taking a picture of a picture.  You know how that goes. 


I'm not real sure what Mom is doing with the green glasses in this picture.  We have laughed and laughed about that.


It was so funny....we were all scrambling between shots to switch props we were all cracking up and screaming like crazy people.


I guess Dad thought he didn't need any props...goof ball.

We really had a great time and it is for a really good cause and I can't wait until September rolls around again so we can do this again!  I wish there was more awareness about ovarian cancer.  BUT please, once again, head on over to Think of Laura and check it out, read and be informed.